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BMJ. 2007 September 29; 335(7621): 675.
PMCID: PMC1995489

Michael Gerald Askew

After St George's house jobs, Mike joined the navy, serving at Dartmouth College, the Dartmouth Squadron, and Royal Naval Hospital Haslar.

Later he became a singlehanded practitioner caring particularly for British and overseas naval families. Mike routinely worked 15-16 hours a day. He was a natural enthusiast who soon attracted a dedicated team of like-minded staff. The practice grew fast needing three other partners by the time Mike retired. It was the first practice in Gosport to computerise. Data for the mortality and morbidity surveys, the weekly royal college returns, and the national census were routinely collected.

As a trainer, Mike taught a succession of young naval doctors and medical students. He served on the Wessex Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners as treasurer and provost, chairing a very successful spring meeting. (One highlight was the dinner, a rehearsal for that served to Her Majesty the Queen for the 40th anniversary D-Day celebrations.)

Mike had many talents. He won international prizes for photography and was president of the Southampton Photographic Club. His pictures chronicled the life of the practice and Gosport, featuring a practice balloon trip, a fleet review, and the homecoming of the Falkland Fleet. He loved to travel and took photographs around the world.

Mike will continue to inspire us. He will be sadly missed by all, especially his wife, Jackie, and their three sons, Nic, James, and Tom.


Former general practitioner Gosport (b 1933, q St George's, London, 1959; FRCGP), died from lung cancer on 6 August 2007.

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